President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s calls to resume production at its Fremont, California, plant.
California should let Tesla & @elonmusk open the plant, NOW. It can be done Fast & Safely!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, 2020
Musk has been pushing to resume its California production that had closed March 23 due to the pandemic.Though attempts to return have been met with heavy resistance from local authorities.
On Monday, local TV broadcasters showed employees’ cars streaming into the company’s parking lots. Musk also tweeted a confirmation that Tesla had resumed production Monday afternoon, and dared the local sheriff’s office to arrest him.
On Monday afternoon, the Alameda County Sheriff and Alameda County Public Health Care Services Agency said in a statement: “Today, May 11, we learned that the Tesla factory in Fremont had opened beyond Minimum Basic Operations. We have notified Tesla that they can only maintain Minimum Basic Operations until we have an approved plan that can be implemented in accordance with the local public health Order.”